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Pilates on Call: Liz Koch Discusses the Psoas

It’s time again for another Pilates on Call, our open Q&A with Pilates and movement experts. Liz Koch, an expert on the psoas, has kindly volunteered to answer any and all of your questions about this deep, important muscle. For a general background on the posas, you can read her article Intro to the Psoas.

If you have questions about how the psoas relates to Pilates, now is your chance to get answers. You can leave your questions for Liz in the comments section below or email editor@pilates-pro.com. Liz will get to them as quickly as possible, but might need a day or two to respond.

Liz Koch is an international somatic educator and creator of Core Awareness™ focusing on awareness for exploring human potential. With over 30 years experience working with and specializing in the iliopsoas, she is recognized in the somatic, bodywork and fitness professions as an authority on the core muscle. Liz is the author of The Psoas Book, Unraveling Scoliosis, Core Awareness: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise & Dance, and The Psoas and Back Pain. Approved by the USA National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider, Liz Koch is a member of the International Movement Educators Association (IMA). Learn more at coreawareness.com.

Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 03:35PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , , , | Comments32 Comments

Pilates On Call: Working With Pregnant and Postpartum Clients

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Amanda Martin

Debra GoodmanFor the fourth installment of our Pilates On Call series, we’re focusing on the topic of pregnancy. We’re sure it will be a busy and popular post, if site traffic for this topic is any indicator.

Pilates On Call is a month-long, open Q&A session with an expert, so this is your opportunity to ask about the finer points of Pilates exercise with this population. Perhaps you’d like advice for working with a newly pregnant client, or information about a particular pregnancy-related condition.

We’re thrilled to welcome Debra Goodman, MSPT, back to the site. She’s written several popular articles on Pilates and pregnancy for us, and has an extensive background treating pregnant and postpartum patients. She is one of few physical therapists trained in internal evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles. And we’re equally thrilled to introduce Amanda Martin, owner of balance in Athens, Georgia, a Pilates and wellness studio that specializes in working with pregnant and post-natal clientele, among other populations. She has been doing this kind of Pilates work since 2004.

Post your questions in the comments section below or email them to us editor@pilates-pro.com. Debra and Amanda will get to them as quickly as possible, but might need a day or two to respond.

Pilates on Call: Core Conditioning PTs

Dawn-Marie Ickes

Allyson CabotGabrielle Shrier






In the third installment of Pilates on Call—our month-long open Q&A with Pilates experts—we’re thrilled to welcome the owners of Core Conditioning in Los Angeles: Dawn-Marie Ickes, MPT (l); Allyson Cabot, PT (m); and Gabrielle Shrier, MPT (r). The three physical therapists/Pilates instructors founded Core Conditioning, a pair of integrated wellness centers, in 2003, where they combine physical therapy with Pilates and Gyrotonic for rehabilitation, as well as offer group classes.

This month, they will be taking your questions on joint injuries and issues—hips, knees, shoulders, feet, spine, neck, etc. Chances are you have encountered clients with problems with all of the above and more. Or perhaps you have a new client with an injury you’ve never dealt with before. Here’s you chance to get the PT-Pilates perspective on how to help them. Post your questions in the comments section below or email editor@pilates-pro.com. Dawn-Marie, Allyson and Gabrielle will get to them as quickly as possible, but might need a day or two to respond.

Pilates on Call with Matt and Carrie McCulloch

Carrie and Matt McCulloch of KinectedIn February, we launched our first “Pilates on Call” segment with Siri Dharma Galliano and asked for your suggestions for future expert Pilates hosts. Thanks to an enthusiastic nomination, this month we’re bringing you Matt and Carrie McCulloch, owners of the new Kinected studio in New York. This dynamic husband–wife duo will be here over the next few weeks to answer your questions about opening and running a Pilates studio in these challenging economic times.

Matt and Carrie share a commitment to bridging the gaps between movement and medicine, which led them to create the FAMI Workshop, an anatomy program for fitness professionals. The pair always envisioned opening a studio together, and in 2008, they came across a studio owner who wanted to sell her space (thanks to an ad on Pilates-Pro.com). After doing some research, they decided to take the plunge. Since then, they’ve renovated and transformed the studio according to their vision and are happy and thriving in their new digs, despite an unforeseen recession.

So if you’re wondering about buying or starting studio, the research you need to do beforehand, renovating, how to staff up, how to handle a transition with existing employee and clients, working with family members or anything else, leave your questions in the comments section below or email editor@pilates-pro.com. Matt and Carrie will get to them as quickly as possible, but might need a day or two to respond.

About Matt and Carrie
Matt McCulloch, a Pilates and GYROTONIC instructor, has been studying Pilates for 20 years and has trained instructors for both STOTT Pilates and Pilates on Fifth. Carrie McCulloch, MD, is a physician and STOTT Pilates-trained instructor. She co-created the award-winning living anatoME™ program, which incorporates Pilates and yoga into the teaching of anatomy in medical school. This summer, she will begin her medical internship, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at New York Presbyterian-The University Hospital of Columbia & Cornell. Matt and Carrie met and started dating through Pilates, teamed up to start the FAMI Workshop in 2006 and are co-authoring the upcoming textbook Gray’s Anatomy for Fitness Professionals with other medical professionals. They opened Kinected in 2008, where they look forward to fostering a center that serves the comprehensive health and education needs of clients and instructors.

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 10:32PM by Registered CommenterAmy Leibrock in , | Comments28 Comments

Pilates on Call with Siri Dharma Galliano

New Column! During February, Pilates-Pro.com is hosting an open Q&A with Siri Dharma Galliano. Siri will be “on call” all month to answer your questions about teaching Pilates and running a business. If you have a question for Siri, please leave it for her in the comments section of this post and she’ll answer soon.

Siri has started things off by answering a few questions sent to her lately by studio owners. After the jump, you can read her responses to whether to buy new or used equipment and how to discourage clients from wanting to wear shoes in the studio.

About Siri: A protégé of Romana Kryzanowska, Siri Dharma Galliano is also certified in Kundalini yoga and the owner of Live Art Pilates Studio in West Los Angeles. She has sold over $1 million in Pilates equipment and has set up studios all over the United States, Europe, Australia and Russia. She travels to studios as a consultant, has been used as an equipment expert in liability court cases, is a trainer of teachers in the Traditional Method, and is producing the Second Big Bear Pilates Intensive, August 21-23, 2009, in California.